Bryant Park Ice Rink Bumper Cars Extended Through February

It's a great time to be a kid in NYC, especially with the midwinter school recess coming up. Robot exoskeletons are coming to Queens, there's a museum about colors in Soho, and a huge kids' film festival is lighting up screens all over town. Oh, and there are bumper cars on ice in Midtown. Bumper cars. On ice. Kids never had it so good.

The ice rink bumper cars that debuted at Bryant Park's FrostFest have been extended by popular demand through the end of February. Can't wait to take one for a spin? Read on for all the details, plus how to reserve your spot.

Weekend Fun: Chocolate Family Day, Valentine Craft, Cinderella

Love is in the air this pre-Valentine's Day Weekend. Celebrate with a craft at New Jersey State Museum, a party at Liberty Hall, a family night out at Jenkinson's, and a scrumptious Chocolate Festival at Morris Museum. 

If you love animals, have fur-friendly fun at Super Pet Expo or learn about winter animals at Read & Explore: Animal Tracks. Treat your Valentines to the theater this weekend at Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, Morgan's Journey, Amber Brown is Not a Crayon, and Milk & Cookies: Tahira. And there is more cause for celebration at Newark Museum's Black History Month.

Find even more weekend options in our Winter Guide, including the 35 Best Winter Activities for Kids. And look to our February GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

12 Rock Climbing Walls for Kids in New York City

Indoor rock climbing is a great way for kids to get some needed activity in the dead of winter or year-round. Let them bounce off someone else’s walls for a change! The sport takes concentration, discipline, and strength, all qualities we're happy to expose them to.

New York City boasts more than half a dozen indoor bouldering and rock-climbing spots, at least one in almost every borough, and more are due to open in 2019. A couple of these are only open during the summer months, but most are open year round. The best part? Kids tend to love the activity and it isn't too pricey. Try out a drop-in program, or sign up for one of the many after-school classes or break camps offered at the rock-climbing facilities profiled below.

Find more active fun in our Kids' Sports Centers Guide.

Kid-Friendly Mardi Gras Festivities in Houston and Beyond

What kid doesn't love a good parade? Floats decorated in bright colors, candy, music, and during Mardi Gras, lots and lots of shiny beaded necklaces to catch and wear have kids loving every minute. Mardi Gras has come to be known over the years as mainly an adult affair, but there are so many options around the Houston area for celebrating the festive season with kids. From pet parades to fire trucks, and even a boat parade, each of these family-friendly events aims to entertain kids and adults of alike. 

February Break Camps for NYC Kids: 10 Affordable Midwinter Recess Programs

Midwinter recess always seems to be the black-sheep break: It sneaks up on you and you have no idea how to handle it once it arrives. Here are 10 budget-friendly camp programs for the week. If you need more options, check with your local museum, playspace or enrichment center to see if they're offering coverage.

If you're able to take a few days off and spend quality time with the kids enjoying winter in NYC, check out our list of 35 Fun Things to Do Over February Break.

Cartoon Network Hotel to Open in Pennsylvania Dutch Country

Fans of Cartoon Network's Adventure Time, We Bare Bears, Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls, and other programs are getting a treat this summer. The TV network and Palace Entertainment are working together to open the Cartoon Network Hotel, a kid-friendly resort steeped in the channel's animated world, for summer 2019.

The nine-acre, 165-room property will be located in central Pennsylvania's Lancaster County along Route 30. It will neighbor Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park, which is also owned by Palace Entertainment, so a family could easily enjoy both attractions in one trip. It is the Cartoon Network's first themed hotel.

Seems like there's one more reason to plan a Pennsylvania weekend getaway with the kids.

Indoor Rock Climbing for Philly Area Families

Looking for a family activity that can be both challenging and fun for the entire family? There are tons of indoor activities to do with kids, but rock gyms offer a way for the grown-ups to get moving alongside their children. Sure, everyone enjoys a trip to the museum or bounce gym, but it's also good to change it up from time to time.

Check out our list of rock-climbing facilities—a few of them are road trip material, but who doesn't like exploring a new town once in a while? 

10 LA Libraries with Great Play Spaces You Have To Try

The Southland's rainy season may be short lived, but even if we're thrust into blazing heat again next week, either way having fun, free, indoor options for the kiddos is a must. You probably already know some local storytimes at LA libraries. Maybe you've checked out a few of our drive-worthy special libraries or any number of the awesome free perks your library card offers. But do you know the libraries where you can get a great book and engage your little one in some good old-fashioned indoor fun? You're in luck; here are our picks for LA's 10 best libraries with play spaces where you can do just that. 

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